An important part of a child’s developing sense of identity is an awareness of their cultural heritage. Our goal with the Joyfully Jewish curriculum is to deepen your child’s appreciation of the Jewish tradition and culture, and to engage the whole family as well! To do so, we will use the most successful tool available: FUN!

Kehilla’s Joyfully Jewish program is for kindergartners and their grown-ups. We meet once a month, on Sundays from 10:00-11:30am at Kehilla Community Synagogue. These classes will focus on Jewish holidays, traditions, and finding joy in Judaism through story-telling, song, art, and cooking projects.

The class is co-taught by Malka Stover-Kempby and Rabbi Gray Myrseth. Malka Stover-Kemp holds a certificate in early childhood education, is wildly excited by the ideas and curiosities of young people, and is passionate about empowering families to deepen their relationship with Jewish life. Rabbi Gray Myrseth is Director of Kehilla School and has worked extensively with youth of all ages, from pre-school through high school, and brings an extraordinary capacity to connect with anyone and everyone, guiding Jewish learning that is both brightly alive and strongly rooted in Jewish traditions.

Joyfully Jewish meets from 10-11:30am in the back classroom on the main floor of Kehilla (see below for 2017-2018 dates). Families will be able to enter directly into the Joyfully Jewish classroom from the entrance on Fairview Avenue, around the corner from Kehilla’s main entrance on Grand Ave.

Joyfully Jewish 2017-18 Calendar

October 8th
November 5th and 19th
December 10th
January 21st
February 11th
March 4th *time change: we will meet have class from 12-2pm and then proceed to join the Kehilla School Purim Carnival at 2pm (the carnival goes until 4pm) 
March 18th
April 22nd
May 6th and 20th


$275 for Kehilla members; $375 for nonmembers


Registration for the 2018-19 School Year Coming Soon…..!


Rabbi Gray Myrseth, School Director      or       Natalie Boskin, Youth Programs Coordinator
Email:                  Email:, Phone: 510. 547.2424 x 107